Let’s Talk Indonesia: Covid-19, Economic Recovery and Knowledge Economy

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The Covid-19 pandemic caused the most severe economic contraction since the Indonesian financial crisis of 1997-98, posing a serious challenge for the recovery. Covid-19 has struck amid a push by the Indonesian government to increase the role of science and technology in driving economic development. The government enacted a new science and technology law in 2019 and also formed a new national research and innovation agency, known as BRIN.

In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae speaks with Professor Arief Anshory Yusuf, founding director of the SDGs Center at the University of Padjajaran, about the economic impacts of Covid-19, the likely recovery trajectory of Indonesia and the prospects for a transition as part of this recovery to a so-called knowledge economy – an economy based on the capacity to produce and use knowledge.

Today’s episode is the latest in a “Politics in Brief” series of Talking Indonesia episodes, supported by the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), a partnership between the Australian and Indonesian governments that aims to improve the use of evidence in development policy making. This series will appear periodically every other week compared to the regular episodes of Talking Indonesia. The opinions expressed in this podcast episode do not represent the views of the Australian or Indonesian governments.

The Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dave McRae from the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, Dr Annisa Beta from the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Dr Jemma Purdey from the Monash University and Dr Charlotte Setijadi of Singapore Management University.

Look for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Check out previous episodes here, subscribe through Apple Podcasts, or listen through your favorite podcasting app.

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